Upcoming Exhibitions

Dates subject to change
Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Saturday, May 30, 2015

A tender tribute by the artist to the everyday observations of life, the exhibition premieres fifteen new works comprised of a diverse range of media such as animated video projections, graphite, thread and found objects by Southwestern Virginia artist and teacher Jennifer L. Hand. Things Held Dear captures the artist’s intimate moments from documenting her morning meal to walks along Claytor Lake with her beloved dog. Hand comments, “This work is part of an exploration into the mystery and potential spirituality of everyday life. ‘Things held dear’ are the simple events that carry us through our days. Quiet, repetitive things such as pulling weeds, or eating breakfast provide the breath or rhythm...

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015

War Memoranda: The Civil War, Walt Whitman, and Renewal is a unique word and image exhibition that combines the poetry of Walt Whitman, the Liljenquist Collection Civil War Portraits from the Library of Congress, and photographs made with both old and very new photographic processes. The exhibition probes the question, "How do Americans remember war?" with soldiers' portraits developed in the flesh of leaves, battlefield landscapes photographed using nineteenth-century technologies, and war poems of intimate reflection.

"The real war will never get in the books," Whitman declared, citing the "interior history" of "the actual soldier of 1862-'65, North and South, with all his ways." Taking on...

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, May 2, 2015

In 2000, Sally Mann began a series that focused on how we, as Americans, have imbued our native landscape with the memories of war. Her sojourns took her to various battlefields of the Civil War from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Antietam, Maryland, where she documented the various sites where innumerable soldiers’ lives were lost. Due to the photographic process and her aesthetic intent, the landscapes appear darkly mysterious, somber and often difficult to identify, enigmas that viewers must interpret for themselves. Her discovery of her father’s passion for photographing the decaying vestiges of the South and her firsthand experience of witnessing death on her property became the deeply-rooted impetus for...

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015

Keeper’s Keep is composed of sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.

Derived from the title of one of the artist’s works, Keeper’s Keep alludes to British usage of the term “keeper” for “curator,” and plays on the double meaning of “keep” as both noun and verb. Aggie Zed is a storyteller whose works take us out...